Posted on 13 December 2011 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The other day I was watching a cooking show and saw a chef creating a salad made from purslane.
How funny this seemed to me that people were watching a chef create a salad from a plant that is viewed as a weed or at least viewed as a weed in North America.
Purslane in other areas of the world, such as the Mediterranean, central Europe and Asian countries, is welcomed to the dinner table as a potherb without much fanfare.
But recently, it has resurfaced as a “power food of the future” since it was found to contain omegas and other nutrients.
Purslane is a trailing, annual herb, which grows from both seeds and starts. This plant will grow practically anywhere and will root anywhere the stem touches the soil.
The planting process starts in April to August, depending on Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 16 May 2010 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
A few years ago my husband worked for a man that was from Sicily who managed a pizza parlor.
Through this business he made American versions of calzones, ravioli, and pizza.
His dishes were always in demand but his craft never really showed through until we were invited to his home.
Sal was from a small village in Sicily where his grandfather taught him how to cook using local ingredients. Fresh mozzarella from the surrounding farms, basil, and tomatoes were the staples for Sal and his family. Sal’s grandfather taught him the art of Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 11 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Haas
A friend has begun making small themed gardens in planter boxes as gifts, and I was lucky enough to see one recently.
It was pretty and very much appreciated by its recipient.
The one I saw was a salad garden, and a planter box which was 2 feet by 8 inches wide grows enough lettuces to make a salad for two at least twice a week. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own salad garden in a box:
- an oblong planter box- the ones I have are plastic
- a mixture of potting soil and manure
- a combination of several or all of the following seeds: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 28 May 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
My favorite thing about growing my own vegetables is the amazing salads I can make.
Salad season is my favourite time of the year. Mine starts out with the early lettuces and spinach and keeps right on through till the last chard and arugula have been eaten in the fall.
Here are some good bets for growing your best salads ever.
One of the easiest ways for an urban gardener to grow fresh salads is to plant mesclun, a mix of various lettuces, greens and herbs. This is easily grown in containers if you don’t have the room for narrow rows. I plant several long planting boxes with mesclun seed mix.
Mesclun is good because Read the rest of this entry »